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Your Choices for Cooling This Coming Season

ac-fanIt may seem a little early to be talking about air conditioning, but as it turns out, the end of winter is a great time to start thinking about making AC replacements or installations. Why is that? Simply because there’s less demand for cooling services at this time! The last thing you want is to need an AC replacement right in the middle of summer—the same time that everyone else is calling for repairs and maintenance.

That being said, if your air conditioner is getting up there in age (older than 15 years old), it might be time to consider a new air conditioner. Here are your options:

Central AC

If you already have air conditioning, you most likely already have a central air conditioner—that’s just how common they are. If that’s true, and if your central AC has been treating you well, then there’s plenty of reasons to stick with them for your next unit too.

The biggest reason that many stay with central AC is because they already have ducts in their home. Ducts make up nearly half of the installation, so it makes sense to just keep using them.

People also like that central AC can cool the entire home at a reasonable cost. Other units (such as ductless heat pumps) require a higher installation cost to achieve the same effect.

And finally, ducts allow for various Riverside HVAC services, such as the installation of whole-house air quality products like humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and filters and purifiers.

Heat Pumps

If you’re not familiar with heat pumps, you can think of them just like a central AC—except that they can reverse the flow of refrigerant, allowing them to become a heater at the flick of a switch. That means you can use just one system for both your heating and cooling needs. Plus, you get to keep using those ducts too.

Normally, heat pumps in colder parts of the country can have trouble maintaining efficiency in temperatures below 30°F. However, in our climate, this isn’t really an issue. Heat pumps bring warmth into your home with electricity, and they manage to do it even more efficiently than a furnace in our climate.

Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump

If you’re looking to try something different, the ductless heat pump is your best option. As their name suggests, these heat pumps do away with the ducts completely.

While ducts are perfectly fine to use most of the time, they can be prone to developing leaks that result in wasted energy. With ductless systems, there’s nothing between the air handler and the room itself—the cooled or heated air is never going to be lost. This fact, along with the heat pump technology, makes them the most efficient heating and cooling systems on the market.

The downside is that you’re going to need to install a separate air handler for each room that you plan to cool and heat. However, you do have the ability to be flexible about this, meaning you can install as many or as few systems as you’d like—it all depends on what you need for your home.

To learn more about cooling systems, contact Total Comfort, Inc. today.

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